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Describing a Child's Skin Condition

Terms used to describe a skin condition

Your health care provider may use some of the terms below to describe your child's skin condition.


Thin, wrinkled


Fluid-filled under or within the epidermis


Formation of dried blood, pus, or other skin fluid over a break in the skin


Thin-walled lesion that contains fluid and is under the skin and may be deep in tissue.


A scratch



Pink or white swelling of the skin


Abnormal mark or change on the skin


Skin that has thickened usually due to scratching


Flat, discolored spot


Solid, raised bump

Raised bumps

Bumps that stick out above the skin surface


Flat, discolored spot

Pustule (pimple)

Inflamed lesions that appear to contain pus


Dead skin cells that form flakes


Fibrous tissue that has formed after a skin injury

Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Berman, Kevin, MD, PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/17/2015
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